Is This Bizarre Video Featuring Kurt Vile and Connor Barwin … Art?

I just watched this video, in which Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin and Philadelphia guitar-rock master Kurt Vile advertise Vile’s New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore in Fishtown as well as some new tour dates and the New Year’s Day football game between the Eagles and the Cowboys. I have to say: This might be art. Read more »

Eagles-Cowboys, Day After: A Disappointing Finish

Marcus Smith and Dak Prescott. (USA Today Sports)

Marcus Smith and Dak Prescott. (USA Today Sports)

While Doug Pederson’s questionable decision-making left the door open for the Cowboys in the Eagles’ 29-23 defeat, it was Philadelphia’s defense that let Dallas walk through and maintain the top spot in the NFC East.

With 6:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dallas started their series at their own 10-yard-line. But after 11 plays and 3:22 ticked off the game clock, the Cowboys went 90 yards for the touchdown to tie the game. Then, in the opening drive of overtime, the Cowboys traveled 75 yards in 12 plays to put the Eagles away.

“We have to close those games out. We have a 10-point lead in the fourth, you can’t let those teams linger in and hang on,” Jordan Hicks said. “You know coming in here they are going to fight to the end. It is going to be a dog fight to the very end. You have to step on the gas when you have them in that position. It is disappointing we weren’t able to do that, but it has to be a learning experience. We have to come together, we have to be closer, and we have to move forward.” Read more »

Eagles-Vikings, Day After: Staking Their Claim

Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)

Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)

Jalen Mills stood in the middle of a circle made up of the Eagles’ defensive backs before their game against the Vikings. Located in the tunnel just before running out onto Lincoln Financial Field, the rookie raised his voice.

“How the f-ck they going to say they’re the best defense in this f-cking league, and we sitting right here?” Mills said. “How the f-ck they going say that?”

Perhaps Minnesota said that because they visited Philadelphia ranked first in the NFL in points per game allowed. Or perhaps Minnesota said that because it was a practically unanimous view point among those who followed football. But regardless of the reason, the Eagles’ defense dismissed it as they staked a claim of their own Sunday by dominating in their 21-10 win over the Vikings. Read more »

Connor Barwin Orders Santucci’s After Every Eagles Home Game

Photos of Santucci’s pizza and Eagles defensive player Connor Barwin

This is not usually what you look like after consuming a lot of pizza | Photos: Santucci’s pizza photo by Dan McQuade; Connor Barwin photo by Jeff Fusco

Connor Barwin recently did an interview with GQ about his diet. Barwin is listed as 6-foot-4, 264 pounds — and in modern pro sports, every extra little bit counts. So he works out a lot, and he also eats a lot. He detailed his diet and pre-game ritual for the magazine, but he also explained his one cheat:

You obviously try to get protein and amino acids back. My normal routine is coming home and getting pizza—but that’s more for relaxing. Mushroom pizza always from Santucci’s in Philadelphia. Always.

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Barwin Denies Character Standards Have Diminished

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Before the Eagles begin training camp tomorrow with all of their players practicing, veterans reported to the NovaCare Complex today for meetings. On their way in, several guys stopped to address the media about their teammates’ off-the-field incidents this offseason, including the rape accusation against Nelson Agholor — although he wasn’t charged — and Nigel Bradham’s arrest this week for allegedly assaulting an employee in a Miami hotel.

Malcolm Jenkins noted that he doesn’t think the team needs to talk about off-the-field expectations, and that the coaches can handle it.

“I don’t think we need to talk. Guys get in trouble all around the league. Stuff happens,” Jenkins said. “I’m sure the coaches have a plan to deal with that. Hopefully, it doesn’t become a distraction.” Read more »

Why Jim Schwartz Prefers His 4-3 To Two-Gapping

Beau Allen and Jim Schwartz. (Jeff Fusco)

Beau Allen and Jim Schwartz. (Jeff Fusco)

If you’re curious why Jim Schwartz believes his aggressive 4-3 is better than the typical two-gap system, consider kickoff coverage. Teams no longer preach the “stay in your lane” adage, Schwartz says, because if one person leaves his lane, the returner picks up a lot of yards. Instead, coverage units now attack in levels, and that’s precisely what the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator has built his system around.

“You have guys that are disruptors, guys that attack the blocks and other guys that play leverage off of them,” Schwartz said. “If we are going to play attack up front — and we are, because we want to put those guys in position to be able to rush the passer and play the run on the way to the quarterback — the linebackers have to be tied and the safeties have to be tied in.

“It’s a lot different than two-gap because when you’re playing two-gap … you’re generally building a wall along the front and guys are sort of falling back and linebackers are generally shuffling laterally more because your defensive linemen are going laterally. When you play an attack front up front, your linebackers have to come downhill. They have to plug those holes.” Read more »

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